Asheville Citizen Times Reporter is Confident That Catching Fire “won’t light up WNC”
Whilst casting has been at the forefront of most of our minds, there has also been the issue of where ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ is going to be filmed. There have been rumours abound regarding this, with Atlanta, Hawaii and a return to North Carolina all being mentioned.
Carol Motsinger, a reporter for Asheville Citizen Times, however, is confident production for ‘Catching Fire’ won’t set foot in NC:
I’ve recently heard from the North Carolina Film Commission that they are not aware of any immediate plans for “Catching Fire” to be filmed anywhere in the Tarheel state. That could change, of course, but the September start date will be coming soon.
I don’t, however, have to wait [sic] hear back from industry insiders to confirm that the needs of “Catching Fire” do not necessarily include WNC.
Read on as Motsinger describes why a return is unlikely..
The “Hunger Games” scenes shot in the Asheville area were all related to the first games arena: The lush forests of Dupont State Park in Brevard provided the creeks and trees described in the book. North Fork Reservoir in Black Mountain stood in for the arena’s lake. The Coleman Boundary provided some of those mountain views from the main characters’ hometown of District 12 (described in the book as Appalachia).
District 12 (which was filmed near Charlotte in Hildebran) is the only repeat setting in “Catching Fire.” But the District 12 of “Catching Fire” is different than the one we were introduced to in the first book: Now, Katniss and Peeta live in the champion section of the district. It’s a whole new comfortable world for our duo. And it’s a world that can be built in Atlanta. And they can easily add in some fake mountains with some movie magic (which, by the way, they totally already did with the District 12 Hildrebran-shot scenes. No sky and peaks on this planet looks like that).
Keep in mind the above is still speculation, albeit well-reasoned, and we do not have any more concrete information at this stage. Do you think that ‘Catching Fire’ could easily be re-created elsewhere? There are still costumes, props etc in storage in NC, and what about the Henry River Mill village? We will just have to wait and see!
Source: Asheville Citizen Times